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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: OCTOBER 23

TO MARY WILLIS SHELBURNE: On being overconcerned about the past of others and of our own. 5 June 1961 We must beware of the Past, mustn’t we? I mean that any fixing of the mind on old evils beyond what … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: SEPTEMBER 8

A Ghost argues with the Bright Spirit who was her brother Reginald: ‘It’s a lie. A wicked, cruel lie. How could anyone love their son more than I did? Haven’t I lived only for his memory all these years?’ ‘That … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: AUGUST 22

On time [The demon Screwtape writes:] The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JULY 7

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: What sort of a lover am I to think so much about my affliction and so much less about hers? Even the insane call, ‘Come back,’ is all for my own sake. … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JUNE 12

On joy In speaking of this desire for our own far-off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: JUNE 2

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: What does it matter how this grief of mine evolves or what I do with it? What does it matter how I remember her or whether I remember her at all? None … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: MAY 18

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: I know that the thing I want is exactly the thing I can never get. The old life, the jokes, the drinks, the arguments, the lovemaking, the tiny, heartbreaking commonplace. On any … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: MAY 15

Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy: And then one or other dies. And we think of this as love cut short; like a dance stopped in mid-career or a flower with its head unluckily snapped off—something truncated and … Continue reading

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C. S. LEWIS DAILY: FEBRUARY 5

TO BEDE GRIFFITHS, with whom Lewis shares an insight from The Great Divorce (Chapter 9), which he is writing at the time: On the utter truth of losing one’s life to save it (with another word about Charles Williams). 25 … Continue reading

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DAILY HOPE: JUNE 21

THINK Before You Speak in Anger “Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back” (Proverbs 29:11 GNT). Anger confounds many people in our world today. We simply don’t know how to handle our … Continue reading

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